Isle of Arran ranked best for accommodation in Europe

June 16, 2016

The Isle of Arran has the best-rated hotels among all European islands, according to the European Island Ranking 2016 released annually by hotel search website After Arran, Greece dominates the list, with 15 entries in the top 20. Jersey and Guernsey are ranked 11th and 15th, respectively.


Islands with at least 30 hotels and hotels with at least 20 reviews were considered. Index is the average rating taken from the trivago Rating Index, which aggregates over 220 million reviews from 34 websites.

With an average rating of 88.16, Scotland’s Isle of Arran has the best-rated hotels among all European islands. Jersey and Guernsey also made it into the top 20, with average ratings of 84.78 and 84.41, respectively.

Aside from entries from Italy (Capri, #6, 85.59) and Portugal (Madeira, #13, 84.57), Greece dominates the top 20, with three quarters of the list occupied by Greek islands. The best-rated hotels can be found on Astypalaia Island (#2, 87.48), Sifnos Island (#3, 86.21) and Ios Island (#4, 85.82).

Guernsey and Jersey are two of the more expensive islands for a hotel stay, with an average price per night of £134 and £128 respectively in 2015. The most expensive, however, are Mykonos, Santorini and Capri, with average prices of £224, £194 and £185 respectively during 2015. The average price per night on Arran during 2015 was £113. The cheapest island for a hotel stay is Syros, with an average price of just £46 during 2015.

Hotels on the Isle of Arran are typically praised for their homely atmosphere, great food and stunning surroundings. Jersey hotels are rated highly for their location, spacious rooms and first-class facilities, while Guernsey hotels are loved for their sea views and friendly staff.

Denise Bartlett, Communications UK & Ireland: “It is great to see the Isle of Arran soar to the top of our annual Island Ranking, which previously only included Mediterranean destinations and has been extended for the first time this year to cover all of Europe. Jersey and Guernsey should also be commended for their entries in the top 20, demonstrating the hard work from hoteliers on all three islands in building accommodation which is loved by guests and visitors. Arran, Jersey and Guernsey all have a lot to offer in terms of activities, quality accommodation and natural beauty and it is great to see them rival their Greek counterparts. Perhaps this list might inspire those looking for a last-minute summer holiday to look a little closer to home this year.”

Please visit Room5 for our guide to the top ten islands.

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